Adele Barlow
Adele Barlow is the former Education Director for Escape the City (, a global community for corporate professionals who want to 'do something different' with their careers. She has been in digital strategy and content production since 2007, working with startups, charities, and corporations in London, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. She is the author of the Escape guides 8 Ways to Escape the MBA Debate and Leaving Law: How Others Did It & How You Can Too and is currently writing various books on psychology and change (

Entries by Adele Barlow

Want to Start a Food Business? Lessons from Oppo's Founders

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (16:23)

It took 25 months of research, three different factories, two specialised food research centres, and four grants from Santander, York University and the British government to fully launch. Yet the Thuillier brothers, Charlie and Harry, are now leading one of the UK's fastest growing healthy food startups.

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Eight Fun Suggestions for Your Global Mini-Escape

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2015 | (08:27)

He wanted to leave his job at Lehman Brothers but had no idea where to go next. So he requested a six-month sabbatical to 'think' about it. That was smart.

He then spent six months holed up in his London living room playing video games. After his sabbatical expired,...

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How to Get Sexier if You Hate Your Job

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2015 | (17:31)

Over the past few years, I've been on the receiving end of (many) men venting about their quarter life crises at Escape the City events. Maybe because we weren't in a bar and there was a zero-romance element, they felt safer opening up to me. After getting to...

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Three Reasons Why Lawyers Are Miserable

(1) Comments | Posted 24 December 2014 | (08:44)

Were you only going to be a lawyer until you figured out what to 'really' do with your life? This is an adapted excerpt from Leaving Law: How Others Did It & How You Can Too.

"Having to go into work on a Saturday with a raging hangover...

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How Does Failure Help Us Grow?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (14:57)

"I can tell you... that success doesn't look like an 'A+'. And failure isn't as simple as an 'F'. Failure could be very grey. You might arrive at an event in your life where you think, 'Wow I've succeeded,' and be getting the affirmation from all these outside forces, but...

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What Marque Will You Leave on the World?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (15:34)

James Espey is the author of "Making Your Marque: 100 Tips to Build Your Personal Brand and Succeed in Business", which you can buy on Amazon here.

I don't know why he reminded me of Colonel Sanders from KFC (with a crisp English accent) but there was...

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How to Be a Useful Woman

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (17:31)

I've always hated women's events. I never really saw the point. So I kind of judged myself for the fact that last night, I wasn't just at one, but also organised the whole shebang. (We hosted 75 aspiring female entrepreneurs at the opening event of Escape the City's...

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An American Entrepreneur in London

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (13:14)

She had no idea that this was going to be the plane ride that changed everything.

Penny Wing had recently quit her job as a statistical analyst in engineering after agreeing to marry the President of the company. On that plane ride from New York to Los Angeles in...

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How Do I Change Careers When I Don't Know Where to Start?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2014 | (01:24)

Adrian was 28, on a good salary, and working with a bank that he knew in his heart he eventually wanted to leave. From Monday to Friday, he felt like his soul was dying, but on Saturday afternoon, he would meet up with an entrepreneurially minded friend in a pub...

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Why Is Running Away to the Beach Not the Solution?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 March 2014 | (01:36)

His surfboard danced with the waves and as I watched him I started remembering how blissfully simple life can be out here in New Zealand - especially when you're in rural pockets like Raglan, a surf town about an hour's drive from Auckland. Here, there's only sunshine and ocean and...

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How Can I Decide Whether I Should Do an MBA?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (20:25)

I don't know much about investing, but from what I hear, a lot of it seems to be about guessing: accepting that all you've got is an educated guess. I used to not know much about the MBA debate, but after writing a book about...

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How Can My Negative Emotions Help Me Find My Dream Job?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2014 | (14:28)

"Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know."
- Pema Chodron

It was 2am and I still couldn't sleep because the words in my head raced like a news ticker; endless questions that I could barely track - is this really what...

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Say No to Being Anyone But Yourself in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 10 January 2014 | (11:53)

Escape the City is an online community dedicated to helping corporate professionals to do something different. Charly Cox is a coach speaking at one of our events on Monday Jan 20.

"Just as you wouldn't think it weakness to use a hammer instead of your own...

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The Robot and the Adventurer

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (23:31)

What does being stuck in your 20s look like?

Sometimes it means not being able to get out of bed. Other times it means a blizzard of early-morning iPhone alarms, midnight emails, and bloodshot eyes, without time to pause; to recognize that you can't remember the last time when...

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(Obvious) Life Lessons from 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2013 | (09:19)

Back in college, my stoner neighbour once rattled off this spiel about the brain treating life as a movie. He argued that when we die, the last thing we see is a kaleidoscope of memories rewinding before us, reminding us of what we learned along the way.

I kind of...

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A Life Less Bullshit: Interview With Nicole Antoinette

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (16:23)

"Societally, we glorify huge life overhauls. TV shows like Clean Sweep and The Biggest Loser give us the impression that we can completely transform ourselves in a relatively short period of time. Magazine headlines promise that you're just '30 days away from an entirely new body!'" says runner-blogger-coach...

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From Producing Reports Nobody Read to Helping Villagers In Zambia

(0) Comments | Posted 26 September 2013 | (17:32)

Ben Harper used to work at a big-four accountancy in London. Now, he is the CFO of Zamsolar, a social enterprise in Zambia that sells solar lights and phone chargers to people in villages that are not on the grid.

Once upon a time, Ben enjoyed his...

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How To Transition Into Social Enterprise

(1) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (15:25)

At Escape the City, we're often asked by our members about how they can transition into careers in social enterprise, CSR and not-for-profits. On September 9th, we ran one of our Adam Street Club events with On Purpose, a London-based social enterprise leadership development program. Here...

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Dear 21-Year-Old Me

(1) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (01:00)

Hi there, 21-year-old self.

Well, THIS doesn't feel self-absorbed. I was at an Escape the City event at Adam Street Club in London last night and I met this recent graduate - she had a sweet face, nervous laugh, and she kind of asked me for career advice....

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Why She Left Google

(1) Comments | Posted 24 August 2013 | (01:00)

I really enjoyed reading Why I Left Google by 27-year-old Ellen Huerta - since I work with Escape the City, she eloquently articulated the shape of a tale I hear in some form or another pretty much every day.

The story goes like this: a...

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